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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UK chapter.

Social media is wonderful. It can help us stay in touch with friends and family, and also help us make lasting connections with people around the country or world. On the other hand, it can also be quite dangerous. People tend to talk about themselves a lot on social media and there’s usually nothing wrong with that; however, it is important to be mindful of how much personal information you share with the virtual world. In order to safely enjoy social media, consider some of these tips listed below. 

First, as stated previously, be mindful of how much personal information you share. There’s nothing wrong with telling the world a bit about yourself, but try to avoid sharing exact details such as where you live, your job or where you go to school (considering you’re sharing this with people you don’t know). You never know who’s watching – someone could use the information against you in the future, so be mindful. 

Another way to stay safe is by utilizing privacy and security functions. These include privating your accounts, blocking people you don’t like and basically curating your profile to fit your needs. A good function to enable into your account is two-factor authentication. This is an extra layer of protection that protects your account from unauthorized access by requiring you to either enter a code you receive from text, an authentication app or a security key. 

Lastly, manage your comfort. If someone online is making you uncomfortable, you have ever right to block and report them. Curate your profile to fit your needs and comfort level, no matter what anyone says. It’s all about your social media experience and enjoying it however you can. 

Social media is fun, but it’s important to take our safety into account when navigating it. All sorts of harassment and violence happens through and because of social media, so while having fun on whichever platform you choose, do take these tips into account in order to ensure your protection. Thanks for reading and stay safe!


Jordyn is a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Psychology and minoring in Journalism Studies. She loves writing fiction stories, but enjoys partaking in a bit of non-fiction writing, too. In the future, she hopes to either become a clinical psychologist or an author.